Favorite Baby Products

Now that baby girl is heading into her 6th month (gasp, I know), I have a pretty good handle on what products work and don't work, at least for us. I'm by no means an expert on anything, but I wanted to share my personal experience, in case it helps any of you soon to be parents out there.

There are SO many baby products. So many. Enough to make your head spin. So many different brands and so many different types of everything. How do you even decide? Being a first time mom, I did a lot of research before buying anything. And I ended up with some things that I didn't really need and some other needs that I just can't live without.

Here are our 5 favorite baby products*:



1. Baby activity gym. We love this. When she was younger, she would just stare up at the various toys and swing her arms around. Now she really goes after the toys, even yanking a few down at times. It really helped with her coordination. She can lay on this and play for quite some time, which is really great for when mommy needs to get things done... or go to the bathroom. Now she rolls around on it so I can't leave her unattended much anymore, but for a while, it really helped keep me sane. We got this as a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law, so thanks guys, for allowing me time to pee in the last 5 months!

2. Baby Einstein Jumper. She loves this thing. She is completely fascinated with the little bird on it and she loves the music and the fact that she can bounce around. She started using this around 4 months and it's been a life saver. We plop her into it when we eat dinner and it's great. Finally, we're able to eat at the same time!

3. Rock N' Play. This saved our lives, and our arms. We had so much trouble with sleep (it's still a constant struggle) and found that this is the place, besides our arms, where she sleeps best. I think it's because of the slight incline and the snugness. It makes her feel like she's being cuddled. If I could cuddle her all day every day, I would, but mommy needs a break too.

4. Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail. Ok, a lot of people will say, just throw the diaper in the trash can and be done with it. Why waste money on a special trash can with special trash bags? Well, this one deposits baking soda every time you close it so it really keeps the smell at bay. And the bag clips shut when you need to throw it out, which also helps with the smell. Honestly I don't smell dirty diapers in her room ever. The bags hold a ton of diapers - I bought a package of these trash bags from amazon and have yet needed to purchase another one since she's been born.  And quite frankly, I just don't like the thought of an open trash can in her room. Keep the trash in another room, you say? Seriously, who has time for that.

5. Oball Rattle. I randomly bought this ball from Target one day and I'm so glad I did. The way that it's designed makes it perfect for little fingers to grasp. I gave her this ball when she was around 3 months old and she started learning how to hold it on her own. Not long after she was able to take her pacifier out of her mouth and put it back in all by herself! Best part: it's $5 at Target.


Hope you guys found this helpful! I leave you with this little girl and her favorite bird.


*I was not paid for any of these reviews, these are really the products that I've found most useful in the past 5 months!

50 comments:

two birds said...

Such great suggestions for new or soon-to-be parents! Your little one is seriously the cutest.

Amy Welch said...

SUCH a cutie!
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Amy Fashion Blog said...

I know a lot of people who use those baby pail. My mom even used one with my baby sister.

Because Shanna Said So said...

The activity mats were a lifesaver for me...back in the day! ha!! I cannot believe she is almost 6 months old!! SLOW DOWN, Baby Girl! She is going to be walking before you know it!!

Sarah Hartley said...

Seriously, the baby Einstein thing is GENIUS.

Ricademus said...

Oh how I wish we'd had that pail when our kids were born! And the activity gym--especially for my daughter. She's, well, not very coordinated. Perhaps nothing would have helped, but it would have been worth a try. Plus she would have loved it.

PS - You never have to worry that people will get tired of seeing baby pictures--she's so cute!

Emmylou said...

Aaaaw....happy 6 months! Time flies by so fast, eh?
And we used that baby activity gym for all our kids...a godsend for sure:D

Anngelik Martinez said...

Gosh she is getting so big!! She's beyond adorable, and those are all fun little toys. My nephew used to play with those as well.

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Rachel Lynne said...

She is such a doll! While I know I won't be expecting anytime soon, I do have a couple friends who would love this info! Thanks for sharing!

Julie Khuu | Haute Khuuture said...

Perfect! I just scored #1/#2 for my gf's baby shower! Good to know she'll love it just as much as you babe, I did well! hehe

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Sofia Donatelli said...

I love when your have pictures of the baby on your posts. God bless her, she is adorable.

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Kathleen Harper said...

Cute! She is so adorable.
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Jen ♥ said...

Same diaper pail over here! It's AWESOME. And now that B is eating baby food, and therefore getting A LOT more stinky, it still works like a charm. How much did you find the bags for on Amazon? I've been buying them at Target & I think they're about $12 for 20?

Sandy a la Mode said...

i am so excited and nervous to have a baby again!!!!!!

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nancy @ adore to adorn said...

aw they all sound great!! She's such a beautiful baby!! =D
xo,
nancy

Emma Walker said...

Love this!

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Sarah said...

We love all of those products too! Although we must have the old school diaper pail, since ours doesn't dispense anything besides odor...haha, j/k it's not that bad. I discovered the rock and play for Mini Fox...life saver, until she learned to roll over..then I was just sad it didn't work any more.

Milla Kjaer said...

So sweet!! :))

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Ginny MyNewFavoriteOutfit said...

I loved all of these and once again your daughter is so stinking cute!

Pooja Mittal said...

this is a very useful post for the new parents
your girl looks so cintent in her bird
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henning love said...

oh those oball rattles, we have three of them the rattle, the ball without the rattles and then the football of course!!

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I agree wholeheartedly on all of these especially the diaper pail! Happy 6 almost months to that cutie of yours!

Head to Toe Chic said...

I'll have to keep this in mind when I have kids :) She is just so cute!!!

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Gina said...

Oh my, she is so so so adorable:) glad you are back to blogging, my friend;) I'm going to catch up on posts I've missed.

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Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

Yes, yes, and yes! That oball rattle is amazing. I always said I'd never have a diaper genie but that changed once Bianca started eating solid food. Those bombs need to be contained in a genie! Hannah is absolutely adorable, I love seeing your mommy and me pics. You're so lucky she isn't teething yet, enjoy the silence while you can :).

KP said...

She always gives me baby fever! The cutest!

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Sarah said...

I have all of them except the bouncer and I think they're all great products too! What a great list!

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Rebecca and Lori said...

I've said it before, but I just can't get over that hair! She is too cute!
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Susannah said...

Yay! I love reading these posts now that I'm putting together my registry!!! :-)

Elle Sees said...

i swear by the jumper!! it really works! and the diaper trash cans

FASHION TALES said...

SO great timing, because I have been watching my nephew only 10 months old and he loved the jumper a few months back. Happy Friday!

Imogen said...

They are all so adorable!

Karolina Antosik said...

so cool list of this products, I am sure you little girl is happy with tchem :-)
She is so so cute

Sam Cole said...

This are awesome products. every year there are more and more cool baby stuff. Oh she's the cutest or what.

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Akinyi Ragwar said...

Your baby is so cute! I think 1 would be a good for your baby to roll around in!

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Tiana said...

I still can't get over how cute your little babe is! Now I don't have any of my own yet, but you certainly make me excited at the thought! XOXO

Jessica said...

Your little one is just so cute.

Hena Tayeb said...

love the activity gym.. my first was terrified of it and my second loved it.. but already he is on to bigger and better things.. like big bro's toys

Londyn said...

I have #3 and was SO excited about it, but my little one hates it!! I was so bummed! LOL Hopefully, mine is the exception b/c I agree there is need to save tired mommy and daddy arms!

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Anouka said...

I can't believe how time flies! I remember the post where you announced the news that you were expecting. Enjoy this beautiful time of your life.

s said...

i have all these still. because im not sure ( prob a yessss ) about #3. loe love! xO!
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JP Lord said...

GREAT MINDS! We have all of these too! They're all must haves for sure - and holy cow baby girl is already 6 months?! Where did the time go?
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Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

These posts are so helpful to me! I'm always trying to figure out what's best to get. I'm happy to say I already have 1, 3 and 4 on my registry!

Georgia said...

very valid selections! I remember those balls, my twins were thrilled to use when they started with coordination movements
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Jamie said...

she is so adorable!
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Tallia said...

Good cute products!

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LUNARAAY said...

Wow! How cute! Congratulation! <3

Carisa said...

yes! i love reading these types of blog posts. there is sooooo much stuff out there, i love hearing what people have found to work!! I am so adding that diaper pail to our registry sounds awesome to me!

Elle said...


Gosh I remember some of these, the activity gym was a a favorite for my children when they were tiny!
I wish I had product number 3, so cozy looking,and that great diaper contraption back then!
Again, your daughter is a beauty! Like her mama!
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Shannon Perkins said...

I love these selected items that you have here. I'm pretty much sure that this will mean a lot to someone (the one who's looking for a perfect gift). Awesome!


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